Wine is a Work of Art

The barrel room was filled with the scent of paint, the sound of laughter, and the clinking of wine glasses as Jonathan Edwards hosted the second of three scheduled Barrels & Brushes events last Thursday evening.

Over 40 people were in attendance at the event, which is more than double the amount of attendees that were at the first Barrels & Brushes event, held earlier this month.

“We were satisfied with the attendance for the first Barrels & Brushes, but are very excited about the huge turnout for tonight’s event” says Dawn McEwan, tasting room employee.

From ladies night out, to couples date night, the barrel room was filled with people shedding their artistic insecurities and finding their inner Picasso; all while enjoying their favorite Jonathan Edwards wine, of course.

“This is my first time at a Barrels & Brushes night at Jonathan Edwards” says Erin Burke, 31, of Westerly, RI. “I always thought I was an awful artist, but now that I have had a few glasses of wine, I don’t think I am so bad” she said as her accompanying girlfriends cheered her on with excitement and enthusiasm.

The dynamic, fun-loving personality of Felicia, the owner of the Drunken Palette, the art center responsible for supplying the artistic part of the event, afforded everyone in attendance the opportunity to relax and feel as if they were among forty friends in a novice art class for adults. Wine was flowing, brushes were stroking, and laughter was echoing through the room as the event carried on throughout the three-hour event.

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As the night drew to a close, each participant gathered their newly painted work of art and made their way to the tasting room to find their coats and pay their tabs, (and maybe pick up a bottle or two of Jonathan Edwards wine for the long weekend ahead).

“The appetizers were filling, the wine was delicious, and the paint lesson was a blast,” says Burke. “I am going home and signing up for the third Barrels & Brushes event right when I get back.”

And I have a feeling that there will be many familiar faces on February 5th, when the final of three scheduled Barrels & Brushes events takes place at Jonathan Edwards winery.